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Florida midfielder Vanessa Kara was named the SEC Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Monday after she registered three goals in a span of just two games.

Kara, a graduate from Drexel University, scored twice in Florida’s 4-0 shutout over FGCU on Thursday and scored once against Miami in a 3-0 victory on Sunday.

These were the first goals for Kara as a Gator since coming to Florida after receiving her civil engineering degree from Drexel. The Burlington, New Jersey, product is the first Gator since All-American Savannah Jordan to start their career at Florida with multiple goals.

Kara’s offensive surge is much needed after the Gators scored just twice in their last four matches, all of which were losses.

The back of the net isn’t new for Kara, however. She is No. 2 all-time in career goals (22) at Drexel and led them in scoring as a freshman and as a junior.

Kara and the Gators will begin conference play when they face LSU in Baton Rouge on Thursday at 8 p.m.

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